Just like that the day had finally arrived and not only was I graduating, I was also the valedictorian of my class. The WICM staff were right there to support me and cheer me on throughout my achievement. After graduation I went to Reaching Forward at Essential Skills Manitoba, a 3 month program that helped me identify my strengths and abilities. I was channeled into a job shadowing program that led me to the Marlborough Hotel, in the maintenance department. I loved the staff, overall experience and since then I have been gainfully employed for over 3 years.
Reaching my goal towards meaningful employment has been bittersweet because I know I will have to move out of WICM. The transition is difficult because WICM’s staff has always been a strong support system to me. They are like family and have been there for me whenever I needed them. I will miss them!
This move will be a new experience for me because I’ve never had a place of my own. In the past I have been homeless, living on people’s couches, and even ended up at Salvation Army. This move out of WICM means that for the first time I will be in a place in my life where I will be totally responsible. It is scary but I know that if I keep in contact with the staff at WICM and utilize the tools I have learned to help me, I’ll do fine.